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  1. So-called 'legal highs' still readily available in Manchester, BBC discovers
  2. Pollution particles get into brain, research in Manchester finds
  3. Tour of Britain passes through Cheshire
  4. Updates on Tuesday 6 September

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Salford protest against cuts to disability benefits

Mat Trewern

BBC Radio Manchester journalist

Campaigners are protesting against cuts and sanctions to benefits for people with disabilities. 

The demonstration outside Eccles job centre in Salford is part of a national day of action by Disabled People Against Cuts.

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The Department for Work and Pensions said: "Sanctions are an important part of the benefits system."

The department said it spends nearly £50bn every year to support people with disabilities or health conditions.

Five questions with... Blossoms

BBC Newsbeat

The Stockport five-piece talk about fans turning up at their houses and how singer Tom was inspired to write a new song on his day off.

Tom Ogden

The band's self-titled debut album spent two weeks at number one in the UK.   

Tom Ogden

Five questions for Blossoms

The Stockport five-piece talk about fans turning up at their houses and how singer Tom was inspired to write a new song on his day off.

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Rugby: Former referee Silverwood joins Salford

Salford have appoint ex-referee Richard Silverwood to help improve discipline.

Richard Silverwood

Silverwood, 40, officiated in the Super League for 15 years and took charge of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final.

"Richard will be working with the players to try and improve their discipline," said owner Marwan Koukash.

Salford, who were deducted six points in April for salary-cap breaches - costing them a top-eight place in Super League - are also set to recruit a salary-cap manager.

CCTV of 'shocking' Levenshulme stabbing released

CCTV footage of a "shocking" stabbing of an innocent man on his way to work in Levenshulme has been released by police.

CCTV of the incident(left) and the injuries caused (right)

The man, who is in his 30s, was stabbed in the neck at the junction of Matthews Lane and Lonsdale Road at about 06:00 on 12 August.

The attacker is described as an Asian man who was dressed in south-east Asian or north Pakistani dress.

Det Insp Muz Kernain said: “Luckily the victim has recovered from his injuries but this could have had a tragic ending, resulting in a family losing a son."

Travel: Avoid Warrington crash, say police

Police are asking people to avoid Long Lane in Warrington so officers can deal with a crash.

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Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Ian Stannard won stage three of the Tour of Britain bike race in Cheshire
  • Two women are arrested in Wigan on suspicion of murder after the death of a 30-year-old woman
  • So-called legal highs - now banned in the UK - are still readily available in Manchester, according to a BBC investigation

Travel: Latest news on the roads

BBC Travel

There is a lane blocked on the exit slip road on Mancunian Way in Hulme and queuing traffic eastbound at Cambridge Street, because of an accident.  

Broadway in Chadderton is partially blocked and queuing traffic northbound at Middleton Road because of a broken down lorry.

Be aware of very slow traffic in Blackley, too, on Rochdale Road northbound at the Middleton Old Road junction and Middleton Road northbound at the Blackley New Road junction.

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Critics praise Cold Feet 'triumphant return'

Cold Feet received a warm reception from critics as it returned to television screens after a 13-year hiatus.

James Nesbitt and John Thomson

The first episode of the new series saw the original cast back in Manchester.

It was seen by an average of 5.8m viewers, rising to 6.1m when those watching on ITV+1 were included.

The Sun's Andy Halls described it as a "triumphant return" and commended the show for its "brilliant scriptwriting".

Bolton optician admits secretly filming women at his practice

Bolton News

An optician has admitted secretly recording female customers and staff at his Bolton town-centre practice.

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Tour of Britain: Ian Stannard wins stage three after breakaway ride

BBC Sport

Ian Stannard won stage three of the Tour of Britain with a brilliant breakaway ride.

Ian Stannard
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The Team Sky man pulled away from the other riders in the leading group with 35km remaining.

The Cheshire leg of the race had been expected to finish in a bunched sprint.

Tour of Britain: Stannard wins stage three

TeamSky's Ian Stannard wins stage three of the 2016 Tour of Britain at Tatton Park.

Graham Briggs of Team JLT Condor took second and Kristian House from ONE Pro Cycling gets third.

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Cricket: Smith's captaincy pride to injury pain

BBC Sport

How Lancashire's Tom Smith battled back from a 13-month injury, losing the captaincy and rediscovered his love of the game.

Tom Smith
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Smith was named captain of Lancashire in the February of last year - but he led his team out in just one game.

A back problem that required surgery ruled the all-rounder out for the 2015 season after his one match, and he had to hand over leadership duties to Steven Croft.

"Mentally, last year was pretty tough knowing I was going to be out for the season after just becoming captain, and all the things that came with it." said the 30-year-old.

Headlines from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

  • Two women are arrested in Wigan on suspicion of murder after a 30-year-old woman died
  • The Tour of Britain heads through Cheshire for stage three of the race
  • Campaigners are protesting outside Eccles job centre as part of a national day of action over cuts and sanctions to benefits for disabled people

Travel: Road closure due to major roadworks

BBC Travel

Princess Street in Manchester is closed southbound between Clarence Street and Cooper Street because of major roadworks.

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Weather: Brightening up with sunny spells

BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy and muggy start to the day it will gradually brighten up with some sunny spells developing. Feeling warm and humid.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 6 September

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Tour of Britain: Holmes Chapel out in force to cheer on riders

Holmes Chapel gave the Tour of Britain riders a roaring reception.

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